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Type: Internship/Fellowship Program
Compensation: Small stipend that may contribute to housing or food; we encourage candidates to seek outside funding; help finding housing provided
Application Deadline: Rolling
Location(s): Tbilisi, Georgia; Baku, Azerbaijan; Yerevan, Armenia
Duration/Hours: at least 10 weeks, 4 days, 32 hours/ week
How to apply
Eligibility: Applicants must have a strong interest and background in the social sciences (policy-related or think tank experience is a benefit); have completed two years of college course work by the time the internship begins (graduate students are highly encouraged to apply); be familiar with Microsoft programs (knowledge of statistical programs such as SPSS or Stata is desirable); have well-developed communication, teamwork and organizational skills; take initiative and work independently with little supervision; and be able to work in a complex environment in developing countries. Knowledge of Russian or a local language (Armenian, Azerbaijani, and Georgian) and experience in the NIS region is a plus. Candidates who have their own research agenda will be given priority. Applicants must be willing to commit to the internship for a minimum of 10 weeks. Candidates should specify if they have a country preference.
In addition to its core activities, CRRC has a burgeoning number of research projects in which interns in the past have played a pivotal role. Duties may include but are not limited to conducting research (including interviewing local officials and community members and helping manage the questionnaire design process) and helping local researchers publish their findings; organizing social science trainings; updating CRRC's English language materials; preparing outreach materials; updating and managing databases; and organizing special events and conferences. There is also the opportunity to establish long-term cooperation with local researchers and policymakers, as well as learn Russian and/or a local language and conduct research during the course of the internship.
How to Apply
Your application should include a scanned copy of your transcript, a resume including three references and a cover letter explaining why this position is of interest.
Regional Research Associate
CRRC Research Fellows
Gabriel Armas-Cardona (Armenia)
Gabriel graduated from the New York University School of Law with JD. His professional focus is on promoting human rights and developing effective domestic justice policies. Prior to joining CRRC, he was a law fellow at the office of the Human Rights Defender of the Republic of Armenia and his work involved researching international best practices vis-à-vis Armenian laws and institutions. Gabriel’s research goals at CRRC include quantitative analysis of Armenian citizens’ trust in political institutions and views on human rights violations.
Gabriel can be reached at email@example.com.
Ona Vysniauskaite (Regional)
Originally from Lithuania, Ona writes her final thesis at the Vilnius University, searching for the Georgia’s Europeanization model in the frames of the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area pre-negotiations with the European Union. Ona’s academic interests include migration, urbanization and unequal job distribution in the Caucasus and Central Asia.
Prior to joining CRRC Ona interned at the United Nations Children's Fund, Georgian Foundation for Strategic and International Studies and Transparency International Georgia. She speaks English, German and Russian.
Ona can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Agnethe Ellingsen (Armenia)
Agnethe is currently a MA student in Central Asian and Caucasian Studies at the Humboldt University of Berlin, with a concentration on Geography and Development. She obtained her BA in European and American Studies at University of Oslo, including exchange studies at Kazan State University in Russia and Fudan University in Shanghai. Agnethe’s research interests are related to the economic development of the CIS countries.
Before coming to Armenia, Agnethe interned at The Eurasia Foundation of Central Asia in Tajikistan, at the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Berlin and at the German Business Association Georgia in Tbilisi. Besides her native Norwegian and German, she also speaks English and Russian as well as basic Polish, Persian and French.
Agnethe can be reached at email@example.com.
Anastasia Baskina (Armenia)
Anastasia holds a Master’s degree in EU International Relations and Diplomacy Studies from the College of Europe in Bruges. She also holds a joint Master’s degree in Global Studies from the University of Leipzig and University of Vienna and a Diploma with Honors in Linguistics from the Herzen State Pedagogical University of Russia. Anastasia worked for the Danish Cultural Institute in St. Petersburg and interned at the United Nation’s Office on Drugs and Crime in Vienna. Her research interests include migration and its intersection with civil society and democratization. Besides her native Russian, Anastasia is fluent in English and speaks Italian, French, Danish and German.
Anastasia can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thomas Liles (Azerbaijan)
Tom is currently a fellow with the Fulbright Program in Baku, Azerbaijan, where he is researching the potential for desecularization and the politicization of Islam in post-Soviet Azerbaijan. Before coming to Baku, Tom interned at the Woodrow Wilson Center's Kennan Institute and the Atlantic Council's Patriciu Eurasia Center in Washington, DC. Additionally, he has interned at the European Centre for Minority Issues Caucasus in Tbilisi, Georgia, where he researched Islam and religious transformation in Adjara, and he took part in a US State Department Critical Language Scholarship to study Russian in Kazan, Russia in 2011.
Originally from North Carolina, Tom received a BA in International Studies and Political Science from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 2011. His research interests include Islam, ethnic relations, and the relationship between politics and religion throughout the former Soviet Union. Tom speaks English, Russian, and German.
Tom can be reached at email@example.com.
Andrea Filetti (Azerbaijan)
Andrea Filetti is currently enrolled in the PhD program in Political Scienceat the SUM Italia-a Florence based Institute. He holds a Master’s degree from the University of Florence, Italy, and he has spent two semesters at Humboldt University in Berlin, Germany. After his Master’s degree, he worked at the Italian Embassy and at the European Parliament's Information Office in Berlin. His academic interests include democratization, comparative political systems, and the relationship between religion and democracy. Andrea speaks Italian, English and German.
Inge Snip (Georgia)
Inge Snip has been living in and out of Georgia for the last 4,5 years, working for several NGO’s and having founded Evolutsia.net--a news and analysis website covering the political landscape of Georgia. She is currently finishing a Master degree in Politics and International Studies at Uppsala University in Sweden, for which she did individual research on elite configuration at the Harriman Institute at Columbia University. Her Master thesis will focus on Georgia’s current cultural elite. This research will include sociologist Pierre Bourdieu’s idea’s of capital - arguing that social, cultural and symbolic capital creates power within society, not only economical capital.
Inge has a LLB degree in International and European Law from the University of Groningen, and a Russian language certificate from Kyiv National Economic Trade University where she studied for one year.
Severina Mueller (Azerbaijan)
Severina Mueller holds a Master’s degree from the University of Zurich, Switzerland, where she studied Sociology, Russian Studies and Criminology. She also completed two terms of study at the Moscow State University in Russia. In summer 2011 she spent a short period of time in Kazakhstan where she conducted a field research on changes in family values. Her academic interests include transformation process, ethnic conflicts, values and cultural changes in the post-Soviet region. Severina speaks German, English, French and Russian.
Severina can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Benjamin Barnard (Armenia)
Benjamin holds a Master’s degree in the Theory and Practice of Human Rights from the University of Essex in the UK. His dissertation focused upon the link between human rights and climate change, investigating whether a strict adherence to the human rights movement might serve to increase emissions, particularly in developing countries. He has previously worked as a Communications Consultant, compiling reports on behalf of the British National Health Service. His research interests include Economic, Cultural and Social Rights, Rights in Developing Countries, and Environmental Ethics.
Ben also holds a bachelor’s degree in History, Philosophy, and Genocide Studies from Brighton University in the UK. He speaks English and is currently learning Armenian.
Ben can be reached at: email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org.
Drew Loizeaux (Armenia)
Drew is M.A. Candidate for International Political Economy and Development at Fordham University. He has finished his course work for at Fordham University for an MA in the International Political Economy and Development graduate program with a concentration in international and development economics. He is in Armenia for one year with the US Boren Fellow Program where he will be studying Armenian as well as working with CRRC. Prior to graduate school he has worked in Cambodia, The Philippines and Uganda for US based microfinance funder, Kiva Microfunds. In the United States, Drew worked for the US Committee for Refugees and Immigrants in Colchester, Vermont and Washington, DC. While there, he helped resettle and serve refugees from many parts of the world. Drew’s specific research interest is the role of civil society in Armenia in the political and economic development of Armenia.
You can reach Drew at email@example.com.
Gavin Slade (Georgia)
Gavin is a PhD candidate at the University of Oxford, UK. He holds a first degree from the University of Wales, and Masters degrees from Central European University, Budapest and the University of Oxford. He lived and worked in Russia for almost five years and first came to Georgia as an English teacher in 2002. He has spent the last three years conducting his PhD research on Georgia. His interests are criminological in focus and include: organised crime and state responses to it, penal subcultures, and prison and police reform in the post-Soviet space.
Gavin can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wesli Turner (Regional)
Wesli holds a B.A. from the University of Virginia in Foreign Affairs, and recently graduated from the University of Glasgow with a Master’s of Science in Human Rights and International Politics where she focused on issues of humanitarian intervention, state sovereignty and self-determination. Her thesis entitled, “In the Name of Russia; How Russia’s interpretation of sovereignty influences its use of force” incorporated Russia’s response to the use of force in Kosovo, South Ossetia and Chechnya. Wesli’s desire to gain further understanding of regional issues and challenges were embraced through the opportunity to work as an International Fellow at CRRC.
Wesli can be reached at email@example.com.
Urban Jakša (Armenia)
Urban holds a degree in International Relations from the University of Ljubljana and a Certificat d'etudes politiques from the Institut d'etudes politiques de Bordeaux, where he studied as an exchange student. He is now completing his Master's studies in Political Science as well as Bachelor's studies in Sociology, both at the University of Ljubljana. Before the international fellowship at CRRC, Urban was a vice-chairperson in charge of academic affairs at the International Association for Political Science Students (IAPSS). He was a speaker international forums and has participated at more then twenty NGO-related international events. His main areas of research include ethnic conflict in post-socialist countries as well geopolitics and international development of the Caucasus and Central Asia. Urban speaks Slovenian, English, French, Serbian, Croatian and is currently learning Russian.
Daniel Schulz (Regional)
Daniel is a Master’s student in the Department of Political Science at the Free University in Berlin, Germany. He also works for the university’s Chair of International Political Economy. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Public Management and Governance from Zeppelin University in Friedrichshafen and has worked for 2.5 years at Ramboll Management Consulting in projects concerning the reform of public sector organizations in Germany. His main areas of research are local economic policy reforms, voluntary programs for the international regulation of labor standards, and civil society in post-communist countries.
Daniel can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nikola Zeljkovic (Regional)
Nikola graduated from the Political Science department with specialization in European Studies from the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia. The topic of his thesis was “Borders of Europe” with focus on Turkey and the Caucasus. He has also studied in the Czech Republic as an Erasmus student. Prior to being an international fellow at CRRC, Nikola worked as vice-chairperson at the International Association for Political Science Students (IAPSS) and interned at the Edyth Stein Foundation in Poland. He has been a speaker at international conferences in Montreal, New Orleans, Moscow and Kiev and is a member of different professional bodies in the field of political science such as IPSA (International Political Science Association). Nikola's research interests also include the geopolitics of Eurasia and he hopes to become a specialist in this field. Nikola speaks Slovenian, English, Serbian, Croatian, German and Czech. He is currently learning Russian and is keen to learn Georgian as well.
Nikola can be reached at email@example.com.
Vitaly Radsky (Azerbaijan)
In spring 2011 Vitaly completed his Bachelors degree in Political Science from Davidson College in North Carolina. He is currently studying Azerbaijani in Baku with the U.S. State Department’s Critical Language Program while being a fellow at CRRC-Azerbaijan. Vitaly is interested in international development and Russian and Eurasian studies.
Vitaly can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Milena Oganesyan (Regional)
She holds a M.A. in History from the University of Montana and a B.A./M.A. in Near East History and International Relations with minors in Turkish and Arabic from the Institute of Asia and Africa at the Free University in Tbilisi, Georgia. She is affiliated with the Central and Southwest Asian Studies Center at the University of Montana and is a McGill Echenberg Human Rights Fellow in Canada. In 2000, Milena interned at the Georgian Parliament and at the International Society for Fair Elections and Democracy in Georgia in 2003. She has worked as an interpreter/translator for official delegations and exchange programs in Georgia, Armenia and the United States. She is fluent in Georgian, Armenian, Russian and English, and studied Turkish and Arabic. Milena’s research interests include inter-cultural and inter-ethnic processes, human rights and international development in the South Caucasus region.
Milena can be reached at email@example.com
Sarrah Bechor (Regional)
Sarrah holds a BA in Political Science and International Relations from Queens College, New York, where she was a Macaulay Honors College student. Prior to graduation, she studied abroad in Israel for over half a year, was a member of a student delegation to South Korea sponsored by the US State Department, and completed a thesis on democratization, ethnic conflict and issues of stateness in Georgia. Since completing her undergraduate studies, she has interned with the Permanent Mission of Georgia to the United Nations, as well as with a filmmaker who recently completed a documentary film concerning human trafficking and human slavery—an issue with which she has engaged herself via activism and writing. Sarrah will begin her graduate studies at Georgetown University this fall as a student of the Center for Eurasian, Russian and East European Studies where she hopes to further her studies of Georgia and the region. Her interests lie mainly in democratization processes, conflict areas and the persistence of authoritarianism. She speaks English, Georgian, Hebrew, Chinese and Korean.
Sarrah can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Marlen Heide (Regional)
Marlen holds a Masterʹs degree in War Studies from Kings College London, specializing in military strategy and contemporary warfare. She obtained her Bachelorʹs degree in political science and sociology from Erfurt University in Germany and completed two terms of study at Boğaziçi University in Istanbul. Prior to joining CRRC, she worked as a project manager at the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Berlin where she coordinated an exchange forum on conflict resolution in the South Caucasus. Additionally, she has worked with the German Armed Forces and at the German Ministry of Defense. Alongside her work with CRRC, Marlen is preparing a Ph.D. research proposal in the field of military sociology. Besides her native German, Marlen is fluent in English and French. She also studies Turkish and is looking forward to learn Georgian.
Marlen can be reached at email@example.com.
Maria José Riquelme del Valle (Georgia)
Maria José Riquelme del Valle holds a BA in Humanities from the Pompeu Fabra University and a BA in Anthropology from the Universidad Autónoma, both in Barcelona. She has earned Masters degree in Contemporary History and Politics from the University of London. She is currently pursuing a BSc in Economics and Finance through the external system of the London School of Economics. She has previously interned at the Carnegie Moscow Center and the BBC World Service. She has recently moved to Georgia from England to study languages and better understand social developments
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